Applera said today that it has signed an agreement to acquire $600 million worth of Applied Biosystems common stock from investment bank Morgan Stanley.
 
The accelerated purchase is part of Applera’s previously announced plans to buy back $1.2 billion worth of ABI shares over the next four to six quarters.
 

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